Eugene Geno Thibodeaux

July 1, 1938 ~ December 15, 2011

Eugene "Geno" Thibodeaux, 73, of Lake Charles passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011 in a local healthcare facility.

Mr. Thibodeaux was born in Rayne, raised in Boscoe and has lived most of his life in Lake Charles. He worked his younger years at the Port of Lake Charles. He worked twenty five years as a Truck Driver with the Teamsters Local, having driven for Strickland, Consolidated Freight and Matlack Trucking. Following his retirement, Mr. Thibodeaux worked twelve years as Courtroom Security for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Thibodeaux enjoyed working in his yard, gardening, watching boxing and riding his Harley. He especially loved to cook and was "famous" for his Gizzard Gravy.

Having been inspired by Aldus Roger, "Geno" began playing music at the age of twenty-two. His self- taught musical talent was shared amongst a stage with many prominent bands, playing countless sets throughout Southwest Louisiana and Texas. He played with Cleveland Crochet and the Sugar Bees, Wallace Derouen and Belton Richard (during a time when Belton quit playing for a while the band became Geno Thibodeaux and the Musical Aces). He then started his own band, The Musical Kings. The latest of the bands he played with was Mack Manuel and the Lake Charles Ramblers. "Geno" leaves a legacy of Cajun French Music and in 1997 was inducted into the Cajun French Music Hall of Fame for his many contributions and numerous recordings as an Accordion player. His most cherished performances were the years shared on the stage amongst his two sons, Ricky and Craig, accompanying him on drums.

He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.

He leaves to honor his memory, three sons, Ricky Thibodeaux and wife Sharon of Ft. Worth, TX, Craig Thibodeaux and wife Melinda of Lake Charles and Michael Thibodeaux of Houston, TX; one daughter, Laurie Price and husband Raymond of Lake Charles; nine grandchildren, Devon Thibodeaux, Carrie and Megan Thibodeaux, Andrew, Sophia and Miccah Thibodeaux and Joshua, Jeremy and Emily Price; two great- grandchildren, Julia Fruge and Isabella Price; one brother, Filton Miller and wife Patsy of Mire; one sister, Nelda Trahan and husband Harry Lee of Mire and one sister-in-law Anna Leger of Carencro. He also leaves his loving companion, Enola Lee Chaumont.

He was preceded in death by his wife of forty-one years, Dorothy Mae Thibodeaux and one grandchild, Raymond Price.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Monday, December 19, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Monsignor Daniel Torres will officiate. Interment will follow in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation Sunday will be from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a rosary beginning at 6:00 PM. Visitation Monday will be from 8:00 AM until the time of service in the funeral home.

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  1. Craig, Michael and families..So sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. God Bless.

  2. Thanks to Lee Chaumont my Dad's companion who took care of my Dad for many years, and stood by him at the hospital when i know she was worn out like the rest of us to took care of him at the end. We love you Mrs. Lee.

  3. The entire Kevin Stancik family send our sincere condolence and prayers. Geno was very special in our heart and we enjoyed our special times with him. The best accordion player I have ever seen or heard. Please know he is in a very special place now, playing away. God Bless

  4. We were very blessed to have Geno as part of our family. We will always cherish the times we had with him. Our sympathies to his family and my loving and caring MawMaw that has been by his side. He will be missed.

  5. We will miss you Dad, you suffered enough but we will always remember ther good times, and the cook outs. You can rest in peace with Mom and look down and watch over us making sure we are safe. We will miss you so much. Thanks to all are friends and your friends who loved you and knew how great of a man you were. R.I.P.

  6. We will miss you very much dad. I know you will be looking down on us with mom by your side….Love yall forever!!!!

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